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=== Online Resources ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9086 Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1807-1997], ($), index and images, incomplete.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9083 Washington, D.C., Wills and Probate Records, 1737-1952], ($), index and images, incomplete.
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*{{RecordSearch|1910364|U.S., Washington, County Records, 1803-2010}} Browsable records, incomplete for all counties.
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*{{RecordSearch|1454946|Washington, County Probate Case Files, 1832-1950}} Index and images
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*{{RecordSearch|1979435|Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929}} Images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60228 Washington, County Records, 1856-2009], ($), images/no index.
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== Probate Courts  ==
  
 
In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.  
 
In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.  
  
The Family History Library has not acquired copies of probate records in [[Portal:Washington|Washington]]. They are available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/. <!-- Tidy found serious XHTML errors -->
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The Family History Library has acquired copies of probate records for a few counties in [[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]]. However, they are also available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/.  
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== Record Content  ==
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<gallery perrow="3" widths="160px" heights="120px">
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Image:Washington County Probate Records (12-0144) (12-0277) DGS 5456364 8 9 10.jpg|Probate Record Examples
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Image:Washington Probate Records-3.jpg|Bequeath Statement or Will
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Image:Washington Probate Records-4.jpg|Petition
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Image:Washington Probate Records-5.jpg|Probate Publication Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-6.jpg|Witness Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-7.jpg|Witness Statement
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Image:Washington Probate Records-1.jpg|Petition for Administratrix Page 1
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Image:Washington Probate Records-2.jpg|Petition for Administratrix Page 2
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Image:Washington Probate Records-8.jpg|Order of Appointment
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{| style="border:5px solid #00ff7f"
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|+ '''CLICK LINKS TO SEE SAMPLE DOCUMENTS'''
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! style="text-align:center;background-color:#0000ff;border:2px solid black;color:#ffffff" | LINKS
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! style="text-align:center;background-color:#0000ff;border:2px solid black;color:#ffffff" | DEFINITIONS
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11550-100731-6?cc=1454946&wc=12953217 WILL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | written instructions by a person regarding settlement of his affairs after his death
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| style="border:2px solid black" | INTESTATE
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| style="border:2px solid black" | deceased without a will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11550-101677-19?cc=1454946&wc=12953217 PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | request to the Court for administration of estate of deceased person
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12337-50389-5?cc=1454946&wc=12951752 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | person appointed by Court to direct distribution of estate; not specified in will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | ADMINSTRATRIX
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| style="border:2px solid black" | female administrator
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| style="border:2px solid black" | EXECUTOR
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| style="border:2px solid black" | administrator appointed in will
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12337-54140-12?cc=1454946&wc=12951752 BOND OF ADMINSTRATOR]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | money assurance of validity
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| style="border:2px solid black" | AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION
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| style="border:2px solid black" | declaration upon oath
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30541-209-66?cc=1979435&wc=M67C-XTL:263601001,263682401 INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | [https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-33060-10930-33?cc=1910364&wc=M9HM-PFS:n674775024 LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP]
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| style="border:2px solid black" | Court given authority to care for another person
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! style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''TYPES OF DOCUMENTS'''
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black;" | name deceased
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | name administrator + relationship to deceased
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | heirs + relationships
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | names witnesses
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | death date + place
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! style="text-align:center;border:2px solid black" | property of decease
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''WILL'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" |
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''PETITION FOR PROBATE'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" |
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''WITNESS' STATEMENTS'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black;color:#006400" | '''FINAL ACCOUNT + PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION'''
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" |
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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| style="border:2px solid black" | {{Green check}}
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Search/Rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=Washington.ASP Washington Research Outline].'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.  
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''[[Washington, United States Genealogy|Washington]] Research Outline.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.  
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:NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into the FamilySearch Wiki and is being updated as time permits.
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{{Washington|Washington}}
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[Washington, King County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Washington, King County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Washington State County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|Washington State County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
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*[[Washington State County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
  
[[Category:Washington]]
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[[Category:Washington_Probate_Records]]

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Probate Courts[edit | edit source]

In the territorial era, probate courts were established in each county to keep records of wills, bonds, orders, and the administrations of estates. When the superior courts succeeded the probate courts in 1891, all of the records of the clerks of the probate courts were transferred to the county clerk in each courthouse. Some probates were filed in the superior court.

The Family History Library has acquired copies of probate records for a few counties in Washington. However, they are also available at the various county courthouses, or the county may have transferred early records to the Washington State Archives at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

CLICK LINKS TO SEE SAMPLE DOCUMENTS
LINKS DEFINITIONS
WILL written instructions by a person regarding settlement of his affairs after his death
INTESTATE deceased without a will
PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL request to the Court for administration of estate of deceased person
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION person appointed by Court to direct distribution of estate; not specified in will
ADMINSTRATRIX female administrator
EXECUTOR administrator appointed in will
BOND OF ADMINSTRATOR money assurance of validity
AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION declaration upon oath
INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL
LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP Court given authority to care for another person



TYPES OF DOCUMENTS name deceased name administrator + relationship to deceased heirs + relationships names witnesses death date + place property of decease
WILL Green check.png Green check.png
PETITION FOR PROBATE Green check.png Green check.png Green check.png Green check.png
WITNESS' STATEMENTS Green check.png Green check.png
INVENTORY AND APPRAISAL Green check.png Green check.png
FINAL ACCOUNT + PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION Green check.png Green check.png Green check.png Green check.png Green check.png

References[edit | edit source]

Washington Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.

NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into the FamilySearch Wiki and is being updated as time permits.


Wiki articles describing online collections are found at: